Jedd Beaudoin

Host/Producer

Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who has been with KMUW since 2007. He is the host and producer of Strange Currency, a two-hour music show, which airs Monday-Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. He is also the producer of the bi-weekly trends commentary “Into It,” as well as “Musical Space” and he produces and writes KMUW’s bi-weekly theatre roundup “At Play.” He received his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University in 2001 (where he was a Creative Writing Fellow) and holds a B.A. in English (with an emphasis in writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Beaudoin hosts Wichita Sessions on KPTS Channel 8. The show, which features local and regional music acts in performance, is now in its third season. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance journalist. He served as music critic and editor for two Wichita alternative newspapers, F5 (2003-06) and Wichita City Paper (of which he was also managing editor, 2006-07). He currently contributes music, film, and book reviews to PopMatters.com, where he also pens (alternating with two other writers) commentary on country music for the site’s “Kickin’ Up Dust” column.

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Music
5:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

The Calamity Cubes Hold Strong To Beliefs

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Brook Blanche, Kody Oh, and Joey Henry spend much of their lives on the road as The Calamity Cubes. But on Thursday night the band members will each play solo acoustic sets as part of an evening billed as The Attack of the Acoustic Agitators, featuring Split Lip Rayfield’s Wayne Gottstine, the band Filthy Still and others.

For Blanche, Oh, and Henry, the show is more than a just another show. And songs, in this setting are more than songs.

“It’s a celebration of storytelling in the fact that it’s a whole bunch of songwriters all night,” Henry says.

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Music
5:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Kelley Hunt Offers Best Album To Date With Beautiful Bones

Kelley Hunt’s Beautiful Bones is out now.
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Emporia native Kelley Hunt has just issued a new CD titled Beautiful Bones. The album offers plenty of the familiar for Hunt’s longtime fans—there’s gospel, blues, & R&B—but, she says, style isn’t her main consideration when choosing material for a new album.

“I think what I gravitated to at a young age and I find myself doing it still is anything that moves me on a visceral level," she says.

“Release and Be Free” may very well Hunt’s best performance on the album. She says that co-producer Al Berman encouraged her to outdo herself on the track.

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Commentary
5:48 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

A Musical Life: Matt Jansen

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Matt Jansen is a Wichita-based drummer who has performed and recorded with a variety of bands including 10 Sugar Charlie and, most recently, Paper Street. He is also a sound engineer and manager at Midwest Drums & Percussion.

“My name is Matt Jansen and I’ve made money from music in a variety of ways. I’ve played the drums. I’ve gotten paid for selling musical instruments, for running sound, for recording music. Playing music? That’s probably the most satisfying but the least lucrative.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Indigo Girls Still Offering Surprises After Three Decades

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If you’re thinking about attending an Indigo Girls concert or have in the past, you know that you should always expect the unexpected. The band wants to make sure that fans never see the same show twice.

“We’ll throw new songs in. I’ll be working on something and throw it in or we’ll do something with the opening band. We try to keep it fresh by just having a musical experience.”

Band co-founder Amy Ray says there are certain songs that fans have to hear and that the band has to play but those, she adds, are never a chore.

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Music
8:34 am
Thu May 29, 2014

New releases from Neil Young, John Fullbright, other Americana acts this week on Strange Currency

June featured artist Bob Mould

Monday, June 2: Guitarist Ty Citerman has been making rock-inflected jazz (and jazz-inflected rock) for well over a decade with the band Gutbucket. He’s just released his first solo album, Bop Kaballah, which blends elements of traditional Jewish music and the art of improvisation. Citerman is joined by his Gutbucket bandmates Ken Thomson and Adam Gold as well as good friend Ben Holmes. The record is in part influenced by Citerman’s own experience playing both secular and religious music.

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Music
5:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Wichita Musicians David Lord And Les Easterby Team Up To Deliver 'WOW'

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David Lord and Les Easterby are two of the most recognizable names in Wichita music. Lord cut his teeth in the jazz-rock band Solagget and more recently The Wonder Revolution while Easterby worked his way through a number of bands including And Academy, The World Palestine and, more recently, The World Palindrome.

The old friends saw a lot of each other while Easterby was working on the latest World Palindrome recording and, Lord says, that’s when their first collaboration, The Wonder Revolution’s WOW, began.

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Music
8:43 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Beverley Martyn returns, more from Joe Satriani on Strange Currency

Beverly Martyn, The Phoenix and the Turtle, 2014
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Tuesday, May 27The Phoenix and the Turtle is the first album from Beverley Martyn since 1998. Martyn has recorded with members of Led Zeppelin as well as Richard Thompson, Simon & Garfunkel, and Levon Helm. She also recorded two classic albums with her ex-husband, guitarist John Martyn. Released in 1970, these albums, Stormbringer! and Road To Ruin, remain highly influential more than 40 years after their release.

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Commentary
11:16 am
Mon May 26, 2014

At Play: Screen Adaptations Take The Spotlight

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The Orpheum Theatre presents Scooby Doo Live: Musical Mysteries on June 12. Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang have been called upon to help solve an epic mystery. Filled with wacky new characters and wild antics, Scooby Doo Live: Musical Mysteries is intended for young audiences who love traditional Scooby-Doo adventures.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

The Safes Continue Climb With Record Heat

You’ve probably heard The Safes without knowing it. The Chicago-based band has been licensing its songs to commercial outlets over the last few years. The band’s Frankie O’ Malley mentions just a few:

“CBS, PBS, MTV, VH1, TBS, Red Bull and Dr. Pepper… I could list a bunch more.”

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Music
10:53 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Archival releases from R.E.M., Orbison in spotlight this week

R.E.M.'s Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions
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Tuesday, May 20: R.E.M. remains the only band to ever twice headline MTV’s highly successful Unplugged series, once in 1991 and again a decade later. Despite the popularity of those performances, the Georgia-based band never released the music to a commercial audience. A new two-CD set offers listeners the first chance to hear not only those two shows in their entirety but previously unreleased material as well. We’ll hear from that recording as well as selections from Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, the latest release from Sturgill Simpson.

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